For Adults + Children
Would you like to learn to speak French ? Many people enjoy visiting Québec and want to immerse themselves in the culture. Perhaps you have relatives who speak the language and you want to be able to converse with them. Living in northern Vermont adjacent to French-speaking Canada, it makes sense to be able to speak some French when travelling to the Eastern Townships, Montreal or Quebec City. Students will learn simple vocabulary and phrases to begin to converse in everyday situations.
Classes in French for children and adults take place at the Montgomery Town Library in Montgomery Center throughout the year. Enrollment is limited to ensure active participation and individual attention. The Library is in the Montgomery Town Public Safety Building and is located at 86 Mountain Road (Route 242). Tracey Durgin, Librarian, can be reached at 802-326-3113. Check the Library web site for the Librarian's email address.
Children: After school classes for children in grades 1 through 2 at the Burnham Library started in mid October 2010 and continued through the end of April 2011. A new group of 2nd grade students began lessons in early May 2011. These informal classes are designed to be a fun introduction to French. Contact Rolf Anderson if you live in or near Colchester and would like your children to join a class.
Classes in French for 31 children in grades 1 through 6 took place at the Jay-Westfield School in Jay Village early November 2009 through late December 2009.
Classes in French for children took place at the Chester Arthur Meeting Room in Fairfield Center mid November 2008 through early March 2009. Starting March 13 classes moved to The Bent Northrup Library since the Fairfield Town Offices are closed on Fridays.
The Bent Northrop Memorial Library is located at 57 Park Street, Fairfield, Vermont
Kristen Hughes, the Community Librarian, can be reached at 802-827-3945.
Adults: A French class for Novice French speakers took place at the Montgomery Library Winter-mid Summer 2012.
Children: After school classes for children at the Montgomery Town Library may start in late Winter 2013. These informal classes are designed to be a fun introduction to French. Advance registration required.
We like the Living Language Books and CDs from Random House Publishing. The Complete Course boxed set titled The Basics includes a course book, a learner's dictionary, a set of three CDs and a handy wallet-sized phrase booklet for travel. These are the published learning materials that we recommend for beginning students, both children and adults.
Pre-school children and their parents do not need to purchase any materials. We will provide you with "Baby's First Steps in French," Living Language by Random House, an excellent CD of songs and rhymes that facilitate language acquisition in very young children by familiarizing them with sounds of French. This CD is lots of fun and can be a wonderful background to many activities.
For adult continuing students Random House has another boxed set titled "Beyond the Basics." For intermediate speakers of French we like the book "Ultimate French : Beginner - Intermediate" also by Random House and "Ultimate French : Advanced". These books do not have accompanying CDs.
To register or for more information,
contact Rolf at
Please put “French Lessons”
in the subject line of your email.